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Keith Lobdell

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Villemaire girls go 5-for-5 at Section VII state qualifiers

Kallie and Kirsten Villemaire made a pathway to the top of the podium at the Section VII NYSPHSAA indoor track and field state qualifiers Feb. 21.

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Inter-lakes looks to future with help of ECH

The ILH board voted Feb. 25 to move forward with University of Vermont Health Network - Elizabethtown Community Hospital in a partnership which begun almost one year ago.

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Jaquish passes 1,000-point milestone against rival Ti

Several local high school basketball players have reached the 1,000-point pinnacle this season, showing a skill and passion for the sport.

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Schroon Lake elementary students celebrate halfway mark

 It was a day to celebrate the first half of the school year at Schroon Lake Central Jan. 27.

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Crown Point closes doors on ambulance services

 The Crown Point Fire District is out of the ambulance business.

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Seniors knock ‘em down at Adirondack Lanes

Both Walter Thorne and Gerardus “Gerry” Peeters have been chasing the gold standard in bowling for a combined 70 years.

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Seeds in place for Section VII basketball tournaments

 Five schools earned the six top seeds in the Section VII boys and girls basketball tournaments starting this week.

Ticonderoga Central begins building survey

The Ticonderoga Central School District will be part of a state-mandated district-wide building conditions survey over the next couple of months.

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Davis looking to identify ‘ mine wives’

 James Davis wants to know the names of a select group of ladies who had the chance to explore local mines during the heyday of the industry.

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Century 21 Adirondacks celebrates 30 years in real estate

For the past 30 years, Century 21 has had a home in the Adirondacks in the town of Ticonderoga.

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IP plant pipeline project buried by Vermont Gas

There will be no natural gas pipeline running under Lake Champlain to the International Paper Ticonderoga Mill.

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Hague ready to celebrate all things winter

The annual Hague Winter Weekend will take place starting Friday, Feb. 13, and run through Sunday, Feb. 15.

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Wildcat pride on display during SLCS cheer camp

 For several weeks over the past two months, Wildcat Pride was on full display in Schroon Lake.

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Paradox Brewery experiencing fast-paced growth

The owners of Paradox Brewery had a five year business plan, complete with expansion of their Schroon plant and more.

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Inter-Lakes looking to sell nursing home facilities

Heritage Commons Residential Healthcare and Moses Ludington Adult Home are being floated as up for sale by the Inter-Lakes Health board.

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Whitty-Brown returns to Schroon as Chamber Director

Tammy Whitty-Brown grew up in Schroon Lake and admitted to being homesick ever since. Now, she will head up the Schroon Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, being named as Executive Director last week.

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Heather Genier to lead K-9 unit for Ticonderoga Police

That partner will be chosen about one week before the duo heads to the Syracuse-based K-9 academy, which along with an additional course in the fall will prepare the duo to bring a police dog back to the department.

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IP accident victim's funeral Jan. 31

 A 57-year old lost his life Jan. 23 after an incident at the International Paper Ticonderoga Mill.

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Ticonderoga students to get a chance to make national spelling bee

 For the first time in the history of Ticonderoga Middle School, three students will have the chance to make it to the biggest stage of spelling bee.

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Ticonderoga students reconnect with former exchange classmate

 Last year, Laura Pérez Maquedano walked through the hallways of Ticonderoga High School as a foreign exchange student.

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Water to finally flow from Streetroad well

 After over a year of technical glitches and reset timetables, the water is now flowing from the Streetroad well.

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Moriah looks to the future with infrastructure repairs

Town leaders are looking for the best ways to rebuild an aging infrastructure while keeping taxes as stable as possible for residents.

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Schroon-to-Etown bus service continuing through month

 A bus service between two southern towns and the Essex County seat was extended through the month of January.

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The ‘Baker’y set to celebrate grand opening in Mineville

 Laura Baker originally thought it was a lot of money, spending $70 to take a cooking course while on a cruise in 2013.

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Bruce, Fernandez named second team All State

Ticonderoga’s Konner Bruce and Moriah’s Hayden Fernandez were named to the second team of the Class D All State Football Team by the New York State Sportswriters Association. Both were named to the All State team for their contributions on the offensive side of the ball.

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Sofia concert to benefit Children’s Hospital

A local singer/songwriter will be taking the stage in Vermont Saturday, Jan. 31, joined by a fellow musician who has hit it big as one of the writers of several chart-topping hits .

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Angel of Hope dedicated in Port Henry

 It’s not the completion of a goal, but may be perhaps one of the biggest steps in the realization of what the family of the late Brian Carpenter have been working towards since his death in August of 2005.

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Essex County supervisors back editorial

 The 18 members of the Essex County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to support and editorial written by the editorial board of this newspaper.

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Vermont Gas asks for delay in pipeline planning

The company planning to bring natural gas to International Paper has asked a Vermont agency to delay technical hearings.

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Vandalism spree hits Hague, Bolton

 Judy Stock first heard about a spree of vandalisms while she was at a meeting two days after the alleged Dec. 13 incidents.

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ACAP after school program gets Adk. Marathon funding

The after school program at Schroon Lake Central School has seen some ups and downs over the past couple of years.

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Lakes to Locks receives EDC funding for geotourism efforts

Lakes to Locks Passage, based out of Crown Point, has received $153,000 to help support its geotourism initiative.

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Cheever fire claims two

Stephen A. Welch, 50, and Barry Raymond, Jr., 28, were killed in the blaze, which happened at Welch’s mobile home on 4818 Route 9N with a call coming into Essex County 911 at 5:25 a.m.

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Ticonderoga receives infrastructure improvement funding

The town has received a pair of awards from the state of New York to help improve an aging infrastructure.

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Fort Ticonderoga receives state funding through NCREDC

Fort Ticonderoga received a pair of awards through the North Country Regional Economic Development Council to add to their programming and bring budding historians on board through a fellowship program.

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Moriah Elementary students celebrated for '25 book club'

It was a big day for second grader Payton Gangi, a culmination of hard work and dedication, taking the extra time to sit down at home and read a good book.

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Moriah basketball teams make strong statement in Div II openers

The Moriah girls and boys varsity basketball teams made their case known for repeating as the Section VII/Class D champions in 2014/15.

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Moriah receives funding for water line improvement

Supervisor Tom Scozzafava said money awarded through the North Country Regional Economic Development Council will help to renovate a “miss-mash” of lines that run water to residents on Mountain Spring Road.

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Crown Point to end ambulance service?

The town of Crown Point may soon be without an ambulance service, which has the town supervisor concerned.

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Moriah family focused on helping others after lawsuit win

“We wanted to seek justice for our son (Joshua) and we wanted to hold a large company like that accountable,” Lori Drake said. “But we really wanted to raise awareness for families where they may be considering something like this as a treatment for their children or themselves. We are hoping we can get away from the monetary part.”

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CV-Tech class helps to create new home for High Peaks Hospice

Members of two classes as the Champlain Valley Educational Services Mineville campus have been putting their classroom learning to real-life application, working to build and landscape the future of High Peaks Hospice and Palliative Care.

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Schroon receives funding through NCREDC

The town received a pair of awards through the North Country Regional Economic Development Council and Essex County.

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Historic bell restoration earns Moriah eighth grader Girl Scout honor

Those entering the main office at Moriah Central School this year have noticed small bell towers on their right as they make their way into the school.

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Crown Point gallery hosting works by NCCC students

 The new Crown Point Art Gallery is hosting the works of North Country Community College students over the winter months.

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Moriah teachers, students break out the ugly sweaters

The “ugly sweater party” craze has gained in popularity in the past few years, now becoming a fundraiser at Moriah Central School.

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Schroon Lake Central set for Superintendent search

After a public hearing on the matter, members of the school board met Dec. 2, and Dec. 8, to discuss the timetable for hiring a new Superintendent of Schools.

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Moriah Central changes holiday concert, senior dinner dates

Events will start with the annual senior citizen dinner at the school, starting at 4 p.m. and running until 6:30 p.m. The event was moved from its originally scheduled day of Tuesday, Dec. 9.

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Vergennes top officer highlights K-9 program successes

Ticonderoga Police Chief Mark Johns recently presented his plan to bring in a K-9 unit using leftover funds from 2014 along with budgeted funds for 2015. He said when looking into the possibly of bringing a dog onto the force, Vergennes was the main town he researched.

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Ticonderoga announces early dismissal with storm approaching

Ticonderoga Central School District officials have announced school will be closing early Tuesday, Dec. 9, as a storm system expected to drop several inches of snow makes its way north.

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IP grants $12 K to St. Mary’s School

Through its company-wide granting program, International Paper Ticonderoga Mill has given a big boost to the St. Mary’s School rebuilding fund.

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